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  1. I think this is great news so far.... If you do not mind, how much RAM are you using in the Euphony PC?
  2. I tried a 7 A brick with the HDPlex DC-ATX and could not boot a modest mb with 25w CPU with the HDD powered separately. A10A Teradak LPS booted this computer successfully. Just another data point in case someone encounters problems.
  3. I have tried most of the ambiophonics softwares, including the miniAmbio box (also have upgraded Carver C-16, and C-9's). I have not had great success with the software, I tried a full barrier for a reference and I think very tough to beat with software. I am now using partial barriers and a Black Ice - Foz SS-X, with carefully selected tube and just a touch of the dimension control active. This results in a similar (but not as complete) effect to the full barrier, with a little 12AU7 warmth thrown into the mix. I also have a clean path to the same amp with good passive preamp, silver litz, etc..... for most my music listening the Foz path is preferable, even if not as exactingly detailed. Probably if I could afford some nice floor-to-ceiling line-source electrostatics that would provide a nice big enveloping soundstage - I would not need the Foz.. but the grandkids, etc. take budget priority for now so it is nice to have such affordable stuff like the amibio softwares and Foz to add to my small-room music enjoyment.
  4. I have an older Teradak ATX, running for about 5 years with no problems, and also the HDplex 400W ATX for over a year - no problems. I doubt if I could tell them apart in my system for sound quality. The Teradak cables are too long for my current setup and seem much more difficult to replace/upgrade (they use a large multi-contact well-made coupler). The HDPlex cables seem more standard and Ghent already offers these - so I would buy the HDPlex on that characteristic alone.
  5. Hi Peter, Has any pattern emerged yet concerning the HDMI^2 cable length vs. performance (when used for i2s transfer) ? I have not consistently used anything longer than 0.5M between DDC and DAC. I once tried 1M (same model cable) for some testing, but seemed to lose some coherence. These setups were all with WireWorld quality cables. Being able to safely stretch to 1M may be worth the investment in my case.
  6. Is there any validity to the objective to not have any switching power supplies on the same mains circuit as the audio source components ( DAC, Preamp, DDC, etc..)?
  7. it could be some household electrical device switching causing the isolation feature to cut the connection to your dac... this happened in my system...
  8. My environment is surely worse than the oft mentioned NYC apt. I just try to do best practice with what is available... to better isolate the fridge, I ran a long power cord extension to another circuit. There are no SMPS in the audio room (the 2 PC's, cooling fans, Uptone LPS-1's etc. all have LPS sources...) For specific power related devices, I have found: Standard economy power filters/distributors I have tried (around the 200 USD level) designed for audio/video have basically no audible effect for upgrading the sound, but they may help in that when using them I have had no trouble with hum, buzzes, clicks, etc.. A 500W Chinese isolation transformer used to isolate a computer monitor in the stereo room did not seem to have effect. Unplugging the monitor seems to be beneficial (but I think would not pass blind testing with my ears). Yulong P18 Power Purifier Filters (I think discontinued) have a small but appreciated audible effect when used on digital source components and preamp;, slightly smoother presentation with more separation and quiet between sound elements. I currently use one of these for my power amp as the only device connected. Audio GD HE-350 220V regenerator has a very noticeable effect when used on DDC, DAC and preamp... some years ago I would only listen at night due to a perceived grainy music presentation during the day.. the HE-350 allows me to listen during the day, pretty much equalizing the day/night sound quality. Next step for me will be to try some similar 220V regenerator(s) for my PC's ATX (LPS) supplies.
  9. AO 3.0 update went smoothly on both machines - Audio PC Server 2019 GUI, Control PC Windows 10 Pro. Amazing the SQ clarity increase and additional blackness in the background (which I think is mostly attributable to the WIN 10 Pro machine which was formerly AO 2.2). I recommend anyone that does not want to install Server (although Server GUI is almost indistinguishable from 10 in my opinion) , and wants to get the most out of a Win 10 system should give AO a try. The installation is simple, and the adjustments and options allow the user to adjust the sound presentation to the system characteristics and user preferences. I have recently tested Euphony/Stylus on the same system - I much prefer the more substantial "presence" of optimized Windows with JPlay Femto. Now off to read the AO manual... Too bad I need go on an extended business trip tomorrow, I wish I had more time to review my favorites. Like someone mentioned above it is illuminating to be able to understand the lyrics, as well as the intricate interplay between the musicians and their instruments (as well as between each other), easily without conscious effort. Even when revisiting familiar pieces, one can only be astounded by the emotion possible to be conveyed by these artists' given gifts and resolute craftsmanship.
  10. I wonder what would happen if you power the EPS with a separate LPS .... I have my audio PC setup like that - ATX 20 pin with ATX LPS, and then a separate 10A 12V LPS for the EPS (Ghent cable)
  11. I assume this is the ISORegen? I had the same problem. With ISORegen in chain, switch the lights - music computer shuts down. I gave the ISORegen to a friend. Intona Industrial and the Singxer UIP-1 both work OK in my room. https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/singxer-uip-1-isolate-processor-usb2-0-usb-interface.html I am currently using the Gustard U16 DDC and find this still benefits from the UIP-1 followed by a W4S Recovery - all powered separately by either LPS-1.2 or LPS-1's followed by LT3045 DC-DC convertor boxes. Wonderful and consistent SQ... That is great to hear Schiit is making progress with USB inputs, I have found similar results with the Audio-GD isolated Amanero USB.
  12. agree that is a good possibility - I have found a certain (fairly popular) brand of non-shielded cables in my system when using any type of tube preamp can result in an intermittent 7.5 khz squeal of about +6db.. crazy stuff.. pop in a shielded set and AOK . These were RCA also..
  13. Just my opinion, but I think that there is a substantial international market for a proper simple player/OS/remote, with HQPlayer based oversampling option (and maybe VST plug-in options for EQ, etc), available as a single software package that will run on both single and dual PC's and offering the highest level of sound quality. (I am not sure if there is any type of consensus in the industry concerning a technical benefit to the streamer/end-point configuration, but it sure seems to me that a lot of computer audiophiles would consider this is the case. )
  14. I am using 10 Pro on control PC with AO 2.2 and the attached the Audio PC uses WinServer 2019 GUI and AO latest 3.0 beta. Sounds very good, but I did not compare to Server also on control PC. AO can strip Win Pro of excess stuff and also replace the GUI... I found these AO functions changes the sound from stock WIN Pro.. One thing for sure, is the AO sound signature and digital filter settings on the control PC are obvious.. I was shocked by this as I found they are just as obvious on control PC in 2 PC setup as for when I used a single PC setup😲.
  15. I hope this will lead to a easy to configure dual-PC version of Stylus (hopefully requiring a single license though....) I have no interest in Roon, but have tested Stylus briefly and think within a dual-PC configuration, it could possibly unseat Windows Server/JPlay in my systems for ease of use as well as sound quality.
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